Japan will consider ways to help LNG market if supplies disrupted

Japan will consider ways to help LNG market if supplies disrupted

Add paragJapan, a key importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will consider ways it can help the international community in the event of the Ukraine crisis disrupting supplies, Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda said on Friday.

He declined to confirm media reports that the United States had asked Japan if it could divert some of its LNG imports to Europe if Russia were to cut supplies, saying: "We can't comment on our diplomatic exchange."

But Hagiuda told a news conference Japan had been a "driving force in the development of the LNG market" for years, adding: "We would like to consider how we can contribute to the international community."

But he also said Japan, a resource-poor country, would first needed to secure sufficient energy to avoid any shortage in electricity as more cold weather was forecast.raph text here. Source: Reuters

 

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